Ken Ham — Guardian of True Science

Creationists don’t like The Clergy Letter Project, a strong, pro-evolution statement signed by over 13,000 Christian clergymen. Here’s the Wikipedia article on it: Clergy Letter Project. The Project is exceedingly troublesome for creationists because it flatly contradicts their claim that one can’t be a good Christian and also accept evolution.

When we say the Clergy Letter is a strong statement, we’re not exaggerating. Part of it says:

We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator.

Among those who dislike the Clergy Letter Project is Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, and for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark. He is unquestionably the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

Ol’ Hambo has just written Is “Evolution Weekend” Needed “Now More Than Ever”?. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

This weekend colleges, institutions, and even churches will be celebrating Evolution Weekend and Darwin Day. This weekend of promoting Darwin and evolution takes place on the weekend nearest to Darwin’s birthday, February 12 (designated as Darwin Day). This year, because Darwin’s birthday is on a Sunday, Evolution Weekend and Darwin Day are taking place at the same time.

We appreciate Hambo’s reminder about Darwin Day. Then he says:

For the past 11 years, The Clergy Letter Project has been encouraging pastors and other religious leaders “to celebrate the interface between religion and science” (and by science they mean evolution) in their churches on Evolution Weekend. In a recent blog post, the founder of the Clergy Letter Project, Michael Zimmerman (an atheist, by the way), argues that we need Evolution Weekend now more than ever because, among other things, we live in a time “when ‘alternative facts’ are equated with reality” and “when evolutionary theory continues to be under attack in our public schools.”

Hambo isn’t happy about that claim. He tells us:

Now, we’ve often refuted the accusation that creationists deny science — or, as Zimmerman puts it, equate “alternative facts” with reality. Creationists don’t deny science — we love science!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hambo continues:

Here at Answers in Genesis, we employ scientists who are actively involved in research (two of our staff have PhDs from Ivy League schools), and we publish the peer-reviewed Answers Research Journal to further scientific research and discussion.

We’ve seen their “research.” As for the claim that Hambo’s “journal” is “peer-reviewed,” well … yes, in a way. It’s reviewed by Hambo’s employees. Let’s read on:

What we do deny is the naturalistic, evolutionary interpretation that many scientists impose on the evidence. Zimmerman says “religion and science can strengthen one another,” which we agree with, of course — unless by science he means evolution and by religion he means a rejection of the revealed Word of the eyewitness Creator, which is clearly what he means.

If you let a creationist control the definition of words, then language has no meaning. A good set of definitions is provided by the National Academy of Sciences: Definitions of Evolutionary Terms. There’s also this: Scientific Hypothesis, Theory, Law Definitions. The National Center for Science Education has definitions right here. Another excerpt:

I find it interesting how evolutionists like Zimmerman complain that evolutionary teaching is under attack in public schools when it has been taught as fact for decades in the public education system. And attempts to permit teachers to discuss the problems with evolutionary ideas are often shot down or are sharply criticized.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Evolution under attack? Really? By whom? Surely not Hambo! Here’s more

Not only that, but publicly funded museums and most television documentaries, science shows on television, and science magazines or books teach evolution as fact. If evolution is such a robust and “proven” idea, why are evolutionists so concerned with the possibility of evolution’s problems being taught to students, and why are they worried that students might be exposed to creationist research?

Think about that phrase, “creationist research.” Has there ever been a more blatant example of an oxymoronic expression? Well, maybe “creation science.” One last excerpt:

Instead of celebrating the idea of evolution — which goes completely against the clear teaching of Scripture — we need to encourage Christians and churches to stand on the authority of God’s Word. God has told us how and when He created, and has given us an eyewitness account of history in His Word.

And so, according to Hambo, we don’t need Evolution Weekend or Darwin Day. Evolution isn’t under attack. All those preachers who signed on to the Clergy Letter Project are fools! If you need science, he’s got it — right out of the bible. You don’t need anything else — except maybe a visit to Hambo’s ark. And gift shop. And maybe a lifetime pass to the ark. And don’t overlook the opportunity of Planned Giving to Hambo’s enterprises. Yeah, that should take care of all your needs.

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10 responses to “Ken Ham — Guardian of True Science

  1. “No apparent, perceived, or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the Scriptural record.” If that’s what Ken’s calling science these days, Karl Popper is shifting in his grave.

  2. I don’t know about his journal, but Ham’s Ark is definitely not pier-reviewed.

  3. Having a PhD doesn’t matter when one takes an oath where they promise to chuck out the scientific method itself, as every member of AiG must do:

    By definition, no apparent, perceived or claimed evidence in any field, including history and chronology, can be valid if it contradicts the scriptural record. Of primary importance is the fact that evidence is always subject to interpretation by fallible people who do not possess all information.

  4. Penguins eat polar bears

    Ham’s ark belief is full of holes, it is sinking under a flood of criticism.

    In Australia we have ways of combating religious lunatics. David Attenborough and Aborigines are the main ones.

    YEC claim 6,000 years. Aborigines claim 12,000 to 50,000 years in Australia. While our government hasn’t worked out a definite year Australia was first colonised. They have decided that it was a really long time ago.

    David Attenborough is our equivalent of a holy man. He speaks, we listen. No one else has that influence.

  5. In Australia we have ways of combating religious lunatics.

    You extradite them to the USA 🙂

  6. “Creationists don’t deny science — we love science!”
    The second part is a strong indication that the first part is a lie.
    See, those who actually do accept science hardly ever say they love it. There are huge parts of science I think totally boring.

    “Creationist research” is not entirely an oxymoronic term. For instance it often means scanning reports about science for “useful” quote mines.

  7. Darwin gets a mention in some churches once a year. God, on the other hand, gets continuous coverage in churches year-round. Still, Ham feels threatened.

    The same applies to public schools. Unfortunately, very little time is actually spent in school on the subject of evolution. Kids whose parents take them to church receive far more religious indoctrination over their school-age years than they ever spend learning about evolution. It’s not even close. Yet, somehow Ham thinks schools practice indoctrination. He has about as much knowledge about public schools as Betsy Devos.

  8. Instead of celebrating the idea of evolution — which goes completely against the clear teaching of Scripture — we need to encourage Christians and churches to stand on the authority of God’s Word. God has told us how and when He created, and has given us an eyewitness account of history in His Word.

    The Hamster wants to have it both ways: creationism is science and it’s founded upon “the revealed Word of the eyewitness Creator.” The only way he can pull that off is to redefine science as the Kansas State Board of Education once attempted.

    As for the “eyewitness Creator,” nowhere in the Bible do we see proof that God dictated Genesis or any other part of Scripture.

  9. There are occasional statements in the Bible that God is the source of what is written. There are other places where a different source is mentioned. Mostly, no source is mentioned.
    The Bible has all the marks of being a product of a culture of the Ancient Near East. If it is not, whoever wrote it took pains to make it appear as such a product.
    The method of God’s creation is rarely mentioned. Famous among the methods are: God speaks and there is light; animals and plants appear from the waters and the land; Adam is formed from the ground. There is no mention in the Hebrew of creation from nothing being a method.

  10. Creation ex nihilo was, in fact, regarded as a heresy for much of the church’s history.